Community Feast & Marrying the Land Handfasting Ceremony

Broadcast on Friday, September 18, 6-7 PM

Pastor Marcie Telander, OISM-Div., leads us in a Community Handfasting and Marriage to the Earth Ceremony as we commit to protecting each other and our lands. Join the Green Man in taking a vow to protect, preserve and serve the community and the Natural World around us. Enjoy local performances of ancient love ballads, magical music, toasts and blessings of the Season. Celebrate locals Nel Burkett and Alec Lindeman as we perform a live handfasting–a first on the radio!

Journaling Prompt: Activate Your Talent

Heal the Wastelands 

About the Wastelands: The Wastelands appear as a concept in ancient Celtic mythology as a consequence from lack of respect and relationship for and with the Earth and her gifts. We must seek balance and reciprocity with our natural world, where what we give back to the Earth, is as equal to or greater than, what we take. Part of regaining balance and practicing reciprocity with our natural world, is healing and nourishing the wounded places we have created in the land – these Wastelands. Globally and nationally we are living in an age of the Wastelands. From climate change to the pandemic, from racial injustice to political ineptitude, this social and environmental barrenness rises from a culture of neglect and imbalance. We are here to change this paradigm. 

Make a Difference: Make some physical calls to organizations and causes that could use your particular talents or who are engaged in repairing and restoring Wastelands in your home place. Contribute to their cause or find out how you can become actively involved. 

Make Room: You can’t welcome the new if you’re all cluttered up with the old. Your talent can’t soar if it’s anchored by muck. Take the turn to the Autumn Equinox as a time to rid your life of what might be weighing you down. Start with a ritual clean of your house. Sweeping deep into the corners, getting all the muck and residue not only of dust and dirt but of old resentments, angers and wounds can be energetically freeing. Rid yourself of the grunge of yesterday, to make space for new, more positive, more enlivening energy to live in your house. Burn some sage, open the windows, let the wind carry the rest away. 

A Poem for the Maidens

Maiden of deep winter, begin the dance with Earth 
Muse of doorways, beginnings and transitions 
Made of Wolf Moon 
Snowdrops and Garnets 
Consistency on the coldest nights

Maiden of snowfall, ice consort of the Wild 
Muse of purification, refining and breathing 
Made of Storm Moon 
Violets and Amethysts 
Healing and intention in the heart of winter

Maiden of lengthening days, lover of Green Man 
Muse of courage, arousal and momentum 
Made of Worm Moon 
Daffodil and Aquamarine 
Release with the arrival of Spring 

Maiden of openings, chosen one of Nature 
Muse of abundance, tenderness and simplicity 
Made of Pink Moon 
Daisy and Diamond
Innocence paired with romance as we thaw

Maiden of growth, she who honors the Ancestors 
Muse of new life, success and plenty 
Made of Flower Moon 
Lily of the Valley and Emerald 
Devotee of creation, carry us to our potential

Maiden of the Summer Solstice, burning passion of youth 
Muse of energy, creativity and fruitfulness 
Made of Mead Moon 
Pearl and Honeysuckle 
She of radiant sun, rejuvenate our soil

Maiden of sultry weather, guide us back toward the Earth
Muse of devotion, ardor and joy
Made of Buck Moon 
Larkspur and Ruby
Create for us new heights of contentment

Maiden of triumphs, rekindle our love for Wild
Muse of fortune, renewal and remembrance
Made of Grain Moon 
Poppy and Peridot
You who favor fortune, favor us 

Maiden of equal light and dark, spin your Green Man
Muse of rejuvenation, magic and rest
Made of Harvest Moon
Aster and Sapphire
Possess and pursue the most scared of things 

Maiden of reaping, gather Nature at your breast
Muse of prophesy, harmony and strength
Made of Hunter Moon
Calendula and Opal
Prepare for the dark cold to come 

Maiden of awaited renewal, on your arm Elders rest
Muse of honesty, forgiveness and love
Made of Mourning Moon
Chrysanthemum and Topaz
Make certain we know the light will return 

Maiden of the final dance, shine on the longest night
Muse of snowfall, reflection and silence
Made of Cold Moon
Holly and Turquoise
Be the bit of sunlight left 

Anna Claire, Vinotok Wordsmythe